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26th annual Business and Industry Awards Feb. 27

FOND DU LAC, Wis.- Marian College will hold its 26th annual Business & Industry Awards dinner at Marian's Stayer Center for Technology & Executive Learning Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 6 p.m.

The speaker is Ruth DeYoung Kohler,director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, which has been cited by the Wisconsin Arts Board as "a national treasure" and by critics and public as one of the most "unusual" and"innovative" arts organizations in the United States. She was the president of the Kohler Foundation from 1985 to 2007.

Kohler became immersed in the arts when, as a toddler, she and her father collaborated nightly on the creation of songs, stories, and accompanying drawings. This eventually led to teaching at Canada's University of Calgary and to 35 years as director of Wisconsin's John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Kohler is often described as a visionary and is most well known for having shaped the Arts Center's acclaimed Environment Builders Collection and two residency programs - Arts/Industry,which provides opportunities for artists to create new work in industrial facilities, and Connecting Communities, which brings dance companies and other artists to collaborate with underserved constituencies.

Kohler has served on numerous panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and on boards of government agencies, arts organizations, and academic institutions.

Marian's annual Business & Industry Awards recognizes leaders in business throughout Wisconsin. Recipients of 2006 awards included SC Johnson, Ariens Company, The H.S. Group, Alliance Laundry Systems, InSpire Magazine, Langdon Divers, and Richard Kleinfeldt.

For more information, contact Barb Stephany, (920) 923-7613, bstephany@marianuniversity.edu.

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